Past Production – A Passage To India


Based on the novel ‘A Passage To India’ by E.M.Forster
Adapted by Simon Dormandy

In co-production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton

January-March 2018
National Tour:

Bristol Old Vic

Salisbury playhouse

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Churchill Theatre Bromley

Park Theatre, London

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“One cannot be friends with the English!”

The advice was harsh but clear, and Aziz ignored it. Now he lies in jail on a charge of sexual assault.

Forster’s masterpiece poses a question more urgent today than ever: how can we love one another in a world divided by culture and belief?

Multi award-winning ensemble, simple8, transport us to Imperial India, conjuring up the elephants and caves, courthouses and temples with the simplest and boldest means – including original music played live on stage by legendary composer Kuljit Bhamra.

Full of humour and rich humanity, but with vast philosophical and political scope, A Passage to India is one of the great novels of the Twentieth Century. simple8’s thrilling new adaptation re-imagines it for contemporary Britain.

An abundance of ingenuity…vibrant, vigorous, vivid and absorbing”

The Times ★★★★

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Adapted by Simon Dormandy
Directed by Sebastian Armesto and Simon Dormandy
Original Music Composed by Kuljit Bhamra
Design by Dora Schweitzer
Lighting Design by Prema Mehta

Kuljit Bhamra – Composer & Musician
Liz Crowther – Mrs Moore
Matthew Douglas – Callendar
Christopher Doyle – McBryde
Hannah Emanuel – Mrs Callendar/Stella
Tibu Fortes – Hamidullah
Richard Goulding – Fielding
Nigel Hastings – Turton
Asif Khan – Aziz
Edward Killingback – Ronny
Ranjit Krishnamma – Godbole/Das
Asha McCarthy – Musician
Phoebe Pryce – Adela
Maanuv Thiara – Mahmoud Ali